Technology is weird, and strange, and it allows us to do things that people would probably not have imagined a few years back. Like this, that just appeared in my Facebook stream — a Rube Goldberg machine to tell the Passover story, which is an essential part of the Jewish Passover seder through the series of prayers known as the Haggadah.
Or this, DIY Haggadah generator, an online interactive tool to help you create and share your very own custom haggadah.
People have done some really interesting and creative things with making their own Haggadahs. I’d like to share some of them with you, but first a bit of context. While I am not Jewish, I have sometimes had the privilege of being invited to the Passover seder celebration, which is beautiful and meaningful. I confess to being surprised by some of the range of Haggadah I’ve stumbled across, and the fluidity with which some have taken the story and personalized it in ways that range from profound to hysterically funny. I suspect some of these examples are probably not actually something a Rabbi would approve, but I’m pretty solidly a Gentile, so I will leave that to the experts. For this list, I just collected a few examples showing some of the creative and diverse ways in which people have explored this beautiful tradition in ways that may or may not make it more timely or relevant in their own context. For myself, I’m inspired by the creativity of how people are telling the essence of the same story in so many very different ways. Some of these links simply to point to a discussion about an example, while others provide the full text. I will note these latter in italics.
Adam and Steve Haggadah (LGBT themed)
The Baseball Haggadah [Book]
Bubie’s Haggadah (for children)
Dr. Suess-style Haggadah [sic]
Exodus: Movement of Jah People (includes parody tunes such as “Take me out to the Seder” sung to the tune of “Take me out to the ballgame”)
Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb (vegetarian)
The Kahoot Seder (done with interactive classroom clicker technology)
The Medium is the Matzo (urban themed)
The Neverending Haggadah (a crowdsourced haggadah collection)
Pride Freedom Seder Haggadah (LGBT-themed)
The Stonewall Seder (LGBT-themed)